Habberdash are a band that we recently got into, so being offered the opportunity interview them was a dream come true! See how things went below!
By Jane Howkins
How was your 2018? Any highlights you can tell us about?
I think the big highlight was getting to work with Treehouse Studios. The experience as a whole really helped us grow as a group and showed us how to be a lot more open minded to different ideas when creating new music.
What are you looking forward to in the coming year? Anything in particular, either in your private life or as musicians?
Musically it’s definitely getting back on tour and back in the studio as soon as possible. Privately? A few of us are going to see Don Broco, Neck Deep and Issues in Feburary, so we’re really looking forward to that too!
Do you have any tour dates coming up? If so, when and where?
We’re planning a tour early next year to help promote the new EP, and believe me when I say we can’t wait to get back on stage and show everybody the new sound we’ve been working on!
Why do you think people should come and see you perform, and what can people expect from a show?
We’ve always said people should get their money’s worth when they come to one of our shows. We want a crowd to be entertained and involved in our performances and go away feeling that it was worth the pennies out of their pockets. That’s why I think people should come and see us – not only do you get a solid performance but you also get that little something extra with us that you don’t get normally at most gigs.
As for what you can expect? Not to sound too cliche but seriously expect the unexpected! We like to enjoy ourselves when we perform live and that includes improvising and having a good rapport with the crowd, when we want to have a laugh it’ll come out during the show – I promise you that.
You recently released a new EP titled Morning After The Madness. What can you tell us about that?
The EP is basically a concept piece based on our own experiences either going out drinking with friends or having parties together, we’ve had some ridiculous scenarios play out and some of that is definitely present in the songs.
Do you have any singles planned for release in 2019? If so, what can you tell us about them? How do you pick a song to be a single?
We have a number of songs we’ve been working on and would like to get them released for the summer time – they definitely feel more complex and upbeat. I think the subject matter is gonna lean a bit more towards us as a group and how we’ve managed to keep going for this long but who knows once we get into the studio. Usually when picking a single to put out it comes pretty easy for us, we tend to have a track we all love most and decide pretty early on which one is going to go out first.
What sort of stuff influences you most as musicians, and what bands/artists have you been listening to recently that you can recommend our readers check out?
I think the biggest thing that influences us is a really memorable live show, we always want to go out and give a crowd a gig they’ll remember days, weeks or even months later – if you give an audience their money’s worth and more then that’s job done. Recently I’ve really been getting into folk/country stuff – Ivy & The Holly by Kate Rusby has been stuck in my head for days, it’s just so beautiful. Lyrically, I’d definitely recommend you check her out if you haven’t already.
What is the writing and recording process like for you? How do you start out on a track? How have things changed in this regard since you started out?
We’ve had different processes over the years – back in the day I’d just bring a song in I worked on acoustically and we’d build it from there. Now we like to start off with a riff of a small section of something any one of us have been working on and go from there as a group. It’s really interesting how differently a song can come together when you all throw ideas into the hat and shake it up, I really prefer that to how we used to go about things.
You’re from Sheffield. How is the music scene there? Are there any local bands you can recommend we check out?
You know I was just saying how I haven’t seen enough local bands recently and I need to get out to more shows! A couple of bands I’d mention, Sweet Little Machine, pop punk at it’s finest and a lovely set of people to boot, great energy live and an awesome overall sound. Another would be Hush, I guess you could label them as pop rock? I love their songs because they’re so positive sounding if that makes sense? And again they’re a great group of people, I can’t say enough nice things about, I love them all.
Any last words for the fans?
Expect more music, more tour dates and a LOT more Habberdash overall in 2019, love you guys!